As I prepared for a trip to China, I realized the camera I depended on for several years, could no longer be relied on, especially for the demanding trip ahead. Luckily, I was able to arrange to get a Pentax camera that “fit the bill” just in time for the trip. This Pentax WG-3 is Adventure Proof (Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, coldproof, dustproof), has SR Shake Reduction (PENTAX Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction system), has 16 megapixels (Backlit 16 megapixel CMOS sensor + new-generation Imaging Engine, Six LED macro lights) and these features were very helpful during my trip.
From the Pentax website, I learned:
"Over the past 90 years, PENTAX has introduced numerous technological advances, making our cameras, lenses, scopes, and binoculars the most sought-after in the world. Browse our timeline to see our most significant product releases and company milestones.
From 1919: Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. is founded at a shop in the Toshima suburb of Tokyo, Japan. It quickly becomes one of the leading lens suppliers to Japanese camera and optical instrument manufacturers, thanks to its superb lens- polishing skills.
To - 2013: Leveraging its long-standing and comprehensive expertise in the waterproof category, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION (PENTAX) has introduced the 15th generation in its adventureproof line-up of point and shoot cameras, the WG-3."
When I travel, I need to take photos that are personal but are also important for articles that I write. Having this camera was helpful in many ways. The strap made it easy to clip onto slacks. It’s size and shape was perfect for slipping into my purse at times. It is so sturdy that a case is not necessary so I could grab and use quickly if necessary. I did not know I would be climbing in rocky settings but when I found myself climbing up and down in a cave, I felt secure carrying the camera, knowing it could withstand my dropping it. Additionally, when I was unexpectedly rowing a boat, I didn’t worry that the camera would get wet.
I did not have occasion to use the camera under water but I did use it in the rain and was really pleased that I did not have to worry about ruining it.
Climbing uneven steps was challenging and my trusty camera was right there.
I took a short video clip to see what would happen. It worked and I will try to use this more often.
I have gotten the “feel” of this camera, which is a little different than previous cameras I have used because it is designed for under water use. Now I enjoy handling the camera and I think the photos are very clear. There are many features I have yet to explore including the modes that focus on food, nighttime, landscape, flowers and yes, way underwater. wide angle, and more. For the price of about $300.00 the options are endless.
There is a trip to Italy in my future. With my handy Pentax WG-3 will be at my side and I will feel secure in all what ever adventures come my way.
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Photos: Barbara Keer and Pentax website